10 Food Delicacies You Probably Won't Be Able To Eat

Here are ten examples.

1.Casu Marzu

Native to the Italian island of Sardinia, CasuMarzu- which in English translates to 'rotten cheese'- certainly puts a new spin on the word 'rotten.' In fact, this food is so disgusting live maggots inhabit the cheese. The reason being is because the wormspromote advanced levels of fermentation andbreakdown the cheese'sfats, giving the dish a fluid texture. When served, the maggots, which can be up to0.3 inches long, have been known to jump as high as 6 inches!

It should come as little surprise then that this food is banned in its homeland to adhere to EU hygiene laws, but fans of this food can still find it on the black market, where it often goes for double the price of a traditional block of pecorino cheese.

Because of its infamous reputation, Casu Marzu has long been the source of fascination among food buffs and was featured on the US TV show Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmerman. Describing the taste, Zimmerman said the cheese was "so ammoniatedit actually scorches your tongue a little bit."

2. Monkey Brains

Predominately enjoyed by Chinese and Indonesians, monkey brainsare thought to cure impotence.

Resultantly, monkeys native to the respective countrieshave become prized commodities, leading to a rapid fall in their numbers. Cooked or served raw, some have even been known to consume the food straight out of a monkey's skull....while it's still alive.

3. Fruit Bat Soup

A delicacy in the tiny island ofPalau, this dish is the stuff of culinary nightmares. For starters (no pun intended), the process of cooking this meal is far from ethical. The poor bat is chucked into a pot of boiling milk while still alive before shortly being mashed into a paste then served in its final form as a 'soup.'

Whether the circling soup encasing the bat is nice is for you to find out (we're okay for now), but what we're sure of is the high risk that eating the remnants of an animal known for possessing many diseases carries.


For those who don't like slimy things that move,then you may want to skip this one. Popular in Korea, 'sannakji',is a raw octopusthat has been chopped alive before immediately being servedwith a variety of spices.

As the dish is served straight after the killing, the nerve endings on the octopus are still active, meaning the tentacles can still be seen moving around the plate.


If you're wondering what the contents of this dish are, then kudos if you guessed it was the genitalia of male fish.

Containing sperm, this delicacy is popular in many parts of the world. In Russia, herring milt is pickled, while in Italy, tuna milt is used as a sauce for the Sicilian pasta dish Lattume.

6. Hasma

Chinese people eating unusual animalsis nothing new, but having a penchant forthe fallopian tubes of frogs isn't a food consumed by many. At first, the tubes are dried and then later rehydrated so that they swell about 10-15 times before they are finally double-boiledin rock sugar.

With sugar, this chewy meal may just be edible to outsiders, but for the billion + who reside in China, it is widely considered a luxury, with some of the most exclusive restaurants in Hong Kong regularly serving it.

7. Balut

It may look like your average egg, but once broken a fetal duck appears. As a delicacy in both Vietnam and the Phillippines, the food is sold on various street markets and is often enjoyedby dousing the eggs contentwith lemon or salt.

While many remove the bird and only consume the juices,it is not unusual for others to eat the whole thing.

8.Caterpillar Fungus

Exotic cuisine usually involves a plethora of sprawling maggots, insects, and other creepy-crawlies, and fungus dishes are also widely consumed in certain parts of the world. In this case, caterpillar fungus is a dish popular in certainTibetian and Chinese regions.

Admittedly, it looks more like the remains of human fingers, but the result is formed from a caterpillar munching on some fungus, getting infected by the fungus and thereby getting mummified from it whilestill attached. In the end, you have a fungus that grew roots. Or in other words: a horror show.

9. Black Pudding

Black pudding is simply dried pigs blood soaked in oatmeal.

A favourite food in Britain, black puddingis a traditional ingredient in afull Englishbreakfast, which usually consists of bacon, sausage, beans,and toast.

10. Kopi Luwak

Priced upwards of $100, this Vietnamese coffee is famous for how it's made. Beleive it or not, the local civet cats are encouraged to consume the Luwak coffee beans to allow their excrement to be collected and then distilled into the coffee.

Of course, coffee aficionados will tell you the final process isn't as simple as that, but there's no getting away from the fact that this coffee is, in no other words: a pile of poop.
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